Hong Kong’s Peak Tram: The train we used in our adverts

We put a lot of thought into the pictures we use in our billboards and the videos we use in our TV ads; we’ve written about it before. One of the videos we’ve been using in our TV adverts since last year is a lovely train, slowly moving along a track. We knew it was pretty, and that it captured the serene feeling you get when you’re on holiday somewhere pretty, but we didn’t know just how popular it was going to be!

Since this advert went out, we’ve received a steady stream of emails, tweets and comments asking us where the train is. Well, for those of you who asked, you already know! But for the rest of you, we can reveal that it’s the…

Peak Tram in Hong Kong!

Peak Tram

The Peak Tram is a funicular railway, which is basically a cable railway that goes up a hill, cliff or mountain. It starts in the middle of Hong Kong, on Garden Road, and travels up to Victoria Peak (hence the name).

Photo credit: Tom Page

Photo credit: Tom Page

The tram started operating in 1888, which probably makes it only slightly older than the trains on the London Liverpool Street to Southend line! It was clearly a success as it carried 800 passengers in its first day alone! Today, over four million people ride the Peak Tram each year. With any luck, our TV ads might help to increase that number a little bit!

Photo credit: Marko Mikkonen

Photo credit: Marko Mikkonen

Looking at these photos, you can see why it’s so popular; it’s a very pretty route! And, besides, who wants to wear themselves out walking up a mountain when you can just sit down for a few minutes and look out the window of a tram instead?

Photo credit: Andy Mitchell

Photo credit: Andy Mitchell

Have you ridden on the Peak Tram before? Are you going to soon? Or have you seen our ad and now have the urge to hop aboard? Tell us in the comments!

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About Dom Stapleton

Dom Stapleton

As well as being the world’s northernmost capital city, Reykjavik in Iceland is also an incredible place to visit.

We stayed in a hotel right in the middle of the city and spent most days walking around from there. The main thing we noticed (apart from the cold, of course) was that the people are so friendly. At home, trying to cross the road is a nightmare, but in Reykjavik, the cars are literally queuing up to let you across.

When my partner and I went, in January 2013, the sun only started rising at about 10 am, which was a strange experience. And it got dark at about 4 pm each day!

Dom works in our marketing team

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